Linked by Michael Hall on Thu 15th Jul 2004 07:35 UTC
Slackware, Slax My first experience with Slackware Linux came with version 9.1, after 4 years of using various versions of Red Hat and SUSE Linux. I disliked the general direction these distributions were moving in and didn't see their increasing focus on the "big end of town" as auguring well for either myself or clients of my small one-person IT consultancy business. I quickly became a Slackware convert and have since used it exclusively for all my server deployments. Check in for more and 15 screenshots from Slackware 10.
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Re: fdisk
by Michael Hall on Thu 15th Jul 2004 14:06 UTC

I was never my intention to argue that Slackware was or was not a good distro for newbies. I don't think it is as hard to install and use as some make it out to be, but yes, if you have never used Linux at all before it possibly isn't the best place to start. If you don't know and don't want to know how it works, again, probably best you look elsewhere. I see no problem with this, it is a big wide world with room for everyone and the Linux distro that suits them.

No distro can be all things to all people. Some might be better for newbies, others not, but that doesn't make one or the other objectively better. Pick the horse for the course. Not all Linux users are newbies, and the simple fact that they don't need the hand-holding of other distros (or find it annoying) does not mean they're into some kind of "I'm a Linux guru" ego-trip.

I can probably partition a hard disk quicker with fdisk than a RedHat GUI tool, for example, but objectively there is not much difference in terms of intellectual demand or physical work between the two methods. The most important difference is that I can use an identical fdisk on any Linux machine, whereas the GUI tools change from distro to distro.